Being creative with a small business

Last night I had several different events/meetings to attend. ¬†Because, I don’t have employees. ¬†I had to put a sign on the front door, announcing that I was closing early for a meeting. ¬†Life in a small town. ¬†You can do this once in awhile. ¬†I do have a few artists that help me out quite often.

My first meeting was a group called One Hundred Women. ¬†Last night was my first meeting. ¬†They meet for one hour quarterly. ¬†The goal is to select a non profit who presents that night and make a donation to them, that night. ¬†The last recipient draws out of a box choosing three individuals who will talk for ten minutes about their organization’s needs. ¬†Then we vote, paper ballot. ¬†They are counted. ¬†The women who organized this group planned a well run hour. ¬† During the counting, the previous recipient presented how they spent the money received. ¬†All in all, I was impressed. ¬†I love the idea of a group of now 300 women donating $30,000 quarterly to a local group needing help.


I moved onto an opening at The Fire Barn Gallery. ¬†Tyler Loftis had created an exhibit of his paintings. ¬†I had a great time visiting with many friends. ¬†One artist asked how I was doing in the gallery. ¬†I said great! ¬†She asked again how I felt about managing a business and trying to be an artist. ¬†She looked me hard in the eyes, wanting the “real” answer. ¬†I told her that I like to keep a lot of balls in the air. ¬†This is true. ¬†I get bored easily. ¬† I changed the subject to her upcoming exhibit at the Gallery Uptown next month. ¬†I told her that C2C Gallery had an opening the same night and would try to stop in later in the week. ¬†Several other C2C Gallery customers were at the Fire Barn who said that I missed a Chamber event earlier in the evening. ¬†For being a small town, I have a hard time keeping up with the events. ¬†So, even though Grand Haven is small, we have lots of things to do.

Heading home, I circled around to where I began the evening, thinking about my own clay work.  How to be creative and stay organized at C2C?  It is a dance.  One that some weeks, I manage quite gracefully.  Other days, I am clumsy.  The goal is to always have C2C looking put together, well conceived, pleasant to visit, and to sell art.


So, how to be creative on a daily basis………….